Portrait of Prince Sur Singh Rathor of Bikaner (1594–1631)

Portrait of Prince Sur Singh Rathor of Bikaner (1594–1631)

1611-13

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 20.5 x 13.4 cm (8 1/16 x 5 1/4 in.); Miniature: 11.2 x 6.4 cm (4 7/16 x 2 1/2 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.188

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A coin purse hangs by a gold chain from his belt.

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A young prince stands against a light blue backdrop, dressed in white translucent muslin jama (belted tunic) and yellow trousers. He has a dagger safely tucked in his sash while he holds a long straight sword encased in a black sheath. Religious markings (tilakas) on his forehead, neck, and ear indicate that he was a follower of the Hindu god Vishnu, who was popular among the royal houses of Rajasthan.

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